Hello everyone, my name is Nicole Williams and I am so excited to be part of the Austin Wellness Collaborative! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 8 years’ experience in counseling and over 20 years’ experience in working with children, teens and families as an educator, school counselor, Social Emotional Learning teacher, trainer and consultant.
In my practice I specialize in supporting individuals (children, teens, adults) and families with anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and chronic illness. Being a chronic illness warrior myself, I understand the many different challenges that one faces with a chronic condition or diagnosis. I am passionate about helping others integrate a life of joy and connection while managing an illness., with care, wisdom, humor, and just a little bit of rebellion. There is so much power in being heard, seen, understood and believed, for both the individual and their loved ones who are also impacted.
When working with clients I believe in a whole-body approach, meaning looking at how to help them understand their nervous system, and practicing tools such as TF-CBT, Guided Imagery, Meditation, Trauma-Informed Yoga, and EFT (Tapping) to help regulate their system. I also use traditional talk therapy along with Psychodrama, and CBT relational care to help support healing and change.
When I am not at my practice I love to be out in nature; hiking, camping, paddle boarding, you name it, if it is outside, then I am there! I am also a foster fur mommy to rescue pit bulls (pibbles as we call them if they are puppies). If I had a bigger house, I would fail at fostering more often than finding a home for them, I can be a complete pushover with sad puppy eyes!
When my house is empty of furry fosters I love to travel, especially volunteer travel. My favorite volunteer trip was to Borneo where I worked with an orangutan rehabilitation and release center by day and taught the children in the village at night.
While I know the challenges of living with a life altering illness, I also know the profound joy of integrating things that you love in new ways to a life after the diagnosis. I would love to help others who are facing this same challenge. For more information on my practice or to learn of any upcoming workshops and presentations on the link between Trauma, and Chronic Health Conditions, please visit my website (link below).